Dictionary: FLOAT-Y – FLOOR

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Buoyant; swimming on the surface; light. Ralegh.


A picking of bed-clothes by a sick person – an alarming symptom in acute diseases.

FLOC'CU-LENCE, n. [L. flocculus, floccus. See Flock.]

The state of being in locks or flocks; adhesion in small flakes. Higgins, Med. Rep.


Coalescing and adhering in locks or flakes. I say the liquor is broken to flocculence, when the particles of herbaceous matter, seized by those of the lime, and coalescing, appear large and flocculent. Higgins, Med. Rep.

FLOCK, n. [Sax. floce; L. floccus; G. flocke; D. vlock; Dan. flok; Sw. flock, a crowd; ulle-lock, wool-lock; Gr. πλοκη, πλοκος; Russ. klok. It is the same radically as flake and applied to wool or hair, we write it lock. See Flake.]

  1. A company or collection; applied to sheep and other small animals. A flock of sheep answers to a herd of larger cattle. But the word may sometimes perhaps be applied to larger beasts; and in the plural, flocks may include all kinds of domesticated animals.
  2. A company or collection of fowls of any kind, and when applied to birds on the wing, a flight; as, a flock of wild-geese; a flock of ducks; a flock of blackbirds. In the United States, flocks of wild pigeons sometimes darken the air.
  3. A body or crowd of people. [Little used. Qu. Gr. λοχος, a troop.]
  4. A lock of wool or hair. Hence, a flock bed.

FLOCK, v.i.

To gather in companies or crowds; applied to men or other animals. People flock together. They flock the play-house. Friends daily flock. Dryden.


Collecting or running together in a crowd.

FLOCK'LY, adv.

In a body or flocks.


Abounding with flocks or locks.

FLOE, n.

Among seamen, a large mass of floating ice in the ocean.

FLOG, v.t. [L. fligo, to strike, that is, to lay on; L. flagrum, flagellum, Eng. flail; Goth. bliggwan, to strike; Gr. πλαγα, πληγη, L. plaga, a stroke, Eng. plague. We have lick, which is probably of the same family; as is D. slag, G. schlag, Eng. slay.]

To beat or strike with a rod or whip; to whip; to lash; to chastise with repeated blows; a colloquial word, applied to whipping or beating for punishment; us, to flog a schoolboy or a sailor.


Whipped or scourged for punishment; chastised.


A whipping for punishment.


Whipping for punishment; chastising.

FLOOD, n. [flud; Sax. flod; G. fluth; D. vloed; Sw. flod; Dan. flod; from flow.]

  1. A great flow of water; a body of moving water; particularly, a body of water, rising, swelling and overflowing land not usually covered with water. Thus there is a flood every spring, in the Connecticut, which inundates the adjacent meadows. There is an annual flood in the Nile, and in the Mississippi.
  2. The flood, by way of eminence, the deluge; the great body of water which inundated the earth in the days of Noah. Before the flood, men lived to a great age.
  3. A river; a sense chiefly poetical.
  4. The flowing of the tide; the semi-diurnal swell or rise of water in the ocean; opposed to ebb. The ship entered the harbor on the flood. Hence flood-tide; young flood; high flood.
  5. A great quantity; an inundation; an overflowing; abundance; superabundance; as, a flood of bank notes; a flood of paper currency.
  6. A great body or stream of any fluid substance; as, a flood of light; flood of lava. Hence, figuratively, a flood of vice.
  7. Menstrual discharge. Harvey.

FLOOD, v.t.

To overflow; to inundate; to deluge; as, to flood a meadow. Mortimer.


Overflowed; inundated.


  1. A gate to be opened for letting water flow through, or to be shut to prevent it.
  2. An opening or passage; an avenue for a flood or great body.


Any preternatural discharge of blood from the uterus. Cyc.


Overflowing; inundating.


The mark or line to which the tide rises; high-water mark.

FLOOK, n. [See FLUKE, the usual orthography.]


In mining, an interruption or shifting of a load of ore, by a cross vein or fissure. Encyc.

FLOOR, n. [flore; Sax. flor, flore; D. vloer; W. llawr, and clawr, the earth or ground, an area, or ground plot, a floor; Ir. lar, and urlar; Basque, or Cantabrian, lurra; Arm. leur, flat land or floor; G. flur, a field, level ground or floor. In early ages, the inhabitants of Europe had no floor in their huts, but the ground. The sense of the word is probably that which is laid or spread.]

  1. That part of a building or room on which we walk; the bottom or lower part, consisting, in modern houses, of boards, planks, or pavement; as, the floor of a house, room, barn, stable, or outhouse.
  2. A platform of boards or planks laid on timbers, as in a bridge; any similar platform.
  3. A story in a building; as, the first or second floor.
  4. A floor or earthen floor is still used in some kinds of business, made of loam or of lime, sand and iron dust, as in malting. Encyc.
  5. The bottom of a ship, or that part which is nearly horizontal. Mar. Dict.

FLOOR, v.t.

To lay a floor; to cover timbers with a floor; to furnish with a floor, as, to floor a house with pine boards.